AAC all day: Embedding AAC in natural routines
Many children with ASD who present with severe communication impairments utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to express their thoughts, wants, and needs. Depending on the specific needs of the child, unaided communication (e.g., manual signs) and aided communication (e.g., pictures, speech generating devices) techniques have been utilized to augment communication for individuals with ASD. Incorporating AAC into routines in a home environment can enhance communication learning. Embedding communication into natural routines increases (a) receptive and expressive language skills, (b) development of vocabulary, and (c) generalization of skills while improving the quality and quantity of interactions between parent and child.
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe myths and benefits of AAC
2. Describe various types of AAC (no-tech, low-tech, high-tech)
3. Describe practical strategies using AAC to increase language in natural routines